Elizabeth Jordon, a longtime buyer at BookPeople, recommends these titles as 10 books every Texan should read.
In the pantheon of Texas-born writers, Robert E. Howard ranks among the state’s most prolific and imaginative authors. Despite his prodigious body of work, “REH”—as he is known to devoted fans worldwide—remains unknown to many mainstream fiction readers. Perhaps if Howard had written the great Texas novel he intended, his name would tower among the likes of Larry McMurtry, Katherine Anne Porter, and Elmer Kelton.
For lovers of Texas’ subterranean world, the mysterious caverns beneath the state’s varied topography provide wonderlands of discovery. And in the skies above, birders find a variety of winged creatures unlike anywhere else on earth. While the worlds they explore may seem as different as day and night, birders and cavers share at least one fortunate characteristic—they’ll never be bored with Texas’ bounty. Two new books, Texas Caves, by avid caver and photographer Blair Pittman, and Great Texas Birds, by ornithologist and artist John P. O’Neill, will keep you entertained, too.